Pennsylvania moves to expand National Guard college aid
Legislation is on the move to extend the Pennsylvania National Guard's higher education benefits to family members.
Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement on May 14 that he supports the bill and urged the Senate to pass it. The bill passed the House unanimously last week.
Under the bill, a Pennsylvania National Guard member who signs up for a six-year re-enlistment can pass along the service's higher education benefit to a spouse or a child.
The benefit provides for up to 10 semesters or five years' equivalent of the in-state rate at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university, or that assistance can go toward an institution of higher education that's approved by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
Pennsylvania has the third largest National Guard in the country with approximately 20,000 members located in more than 80 armories and readiness centers statewide.
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